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Rita Ora has released a brand-new version of “Shape Of Me” featuring her co-star from The Voice Australia and country music icon Keith Urban today.
Announced by Rita on her mother’s 60th birthday last week, “Shape Of Me” is an ode to her mother. The accompanying visualiser pays tribute to this with a montage of Rita’s family home movies filmed on VHS.
Rita said: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM! We’ve been through everything together. You’ve always been such a beautiful inspiration in my life and in my music. I wanted to write a song about you for the longest time, so when Shape Of Me was written by me and the You & I writing squad for my album and released, I was finally able to share so much that I’ve been feeling about you. It really became clear how much love you’ve shown me and how much you’ve taught me over the years!! SO, what better way to say HBD then to share a new version of it with the AMAZING Keith Urban. He helped me make it that much more special as this song is also showing appreciation to all the women in your life! So surprise mum this one is for you! Happy 60th!”
Keith said: “When I did The Voice with Rita we just clicked right away. She’s great energy to be around and she’s a bad ass singer. So, when she sent me this song and asked if I wanted to sing with her on it, I said, ‘Can I play guitar too?’. I love how it turned out !!!”
Co-written by Rita, the original version of “Shape Of Me” featured on Rita’s You & I album, which upon release last year landed the coveted #1 spot on the UK Official Independent Albums Chart and was the highest new entry from a female act in the UK Official Albums Chart, debuting at #6.
“Shape Of Me” follows the release of singles “You & I”, “Don’t Think Twice”, “You Only Love Me” and “Praising You” featuring Fatboy Slim, which was recently nominated for Dance Song of the Year at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Rita Ora’s multi-platinum music career has won her commercial and critical acclaim with 13 UK Top 10 singles and four UK Number One singles and a BRIT Billion award. In the US alone, Rita’s acclaimed singles and star-studded collaborations have earned her a #3 Billboard Hot 100 song, 7 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart, 5 of which reached #1, and 6 Top 20 singles on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart.